On Monday May 15, 2018, Chief John Powell was made aware of a domestic incident which occurred early Sunday morning involving Lieutenant Robert Cory Sasser. At 3:10 AM Sunday morning, Glynn County Police Officers initially responded to the incident. Once the responding officers completed their incident reports on their response, Chief Powell assigned Chief of Staff Brian Scott to review the reports and related body camera video footage.
Based on the actions of Lieutenant Sasser as seen on the video footage and documented in the field reports, Chief of Staff Scott reported his review and findings to Chief Powell. The Chief then agreed the incident should be referred for judicial review.
The facts and evidence were presented to Maria Lugue, Solictor General for Glynn County, and Alex Atwood, Chief Magistrate Judge for Glynn County. Both Solicitor Lugue and Judge Atwood concurred that probable cause of crimes did exist, and Judge Atwood issued two warrants for Lieutenant Sasser’s arrest: Simple Battery and Criminal Trespass, both under the Family Violence Act. Lieutenant Sasser turned himself in to the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
“This is a difficult time for the Police Department, as it is not an easy task to have to arrest one of your own. However, at a minimum, Police Officers must be held to the same standard as everyone else,” said Police Chief John Powell.
Lieutenant Sasser has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his arrest.